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Intermediate Oral French

January 13, 2015

Jouanneau-Fertig, Isabelle Silver_nugget
Intermediate Oral French

I had Mme. Jouanneau-Fertig for two courses and am currently trying to get into another class with her. She's one of the best teachers I've had in my college career. She's very structured; she has a syllabus, and she sticks to it closely. In every class she has us review the syllabus and points out any interesting things we should keep in mind, such as quizzes, presentations, and film-viewings. Unlike in her Review of French Fundamentals class, Mme. J-F talked to our ridiculously small class (6 people with the cap at 12) in French 95% of the time, which is understandable given that you can only take this class once you've at least taken Intermediate I. In my class, we either finished/ tested out of the French requirement or were taking Intermediate II.

As this was my first French class that was not grammar-intensive, I was taken aback by all the grammar and vocab I had to recall, and I was initially frustrated my progress in it. However, because of all the talking we did in class (it was inevitable since there only 6 of us), as well as the interesting various points of discussion, I definitely improved in speaking. Madame is very good at coaching us.

Madame is a very fair grader. She would take notes while we talk to the class and then later point out what was great and what we need to work on. There are also vocab quizzes, which personally bogged down my grade a little, but that's a matter of discipline. With the amount of vocab we had to study, you can't study for it overnight.

Madame is an enthusiastic, friendly, and supportive professor, probably one of my favorites. I wouldn't have taken another class with her if I didn't like her personality and teaching style. I would definitely recommend this class for those who struggle with speaking in French. You really improve!

Workload:

In-class participation, vocab quizzes, 1 class-long presentation (in our class it was in groups of 2, but the number of classes she reserved for these presentations and the cap on the number of students allows for groups of 3), 1 10-minute final presentation during class time

May 01, 2006

Jouanneau-Fertig, Isabelle Silver_nugget
Intermediate Oral French

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Professeur J-F was always extremely organized and excited for class, so much so that she would always try to start a few minutes early. Be warned: in this class punctuality and attendance are a significant consideration in your grade.

The course was structured so that each week had a theme, and we always stuck to the syllabus. This was efficient, but it also meant that we never got to discuss anything interesting. In fact, we barely got to talk to each other, except to read a list of simplistic questions back and forth. I do not feel that my French improved, and my grammar certainly deteriorated.

The best way I've found to describe the class is that it's like a middle school language course. There's lots of boring day-to-day vocab, and she has all of these little activities planned out. She does most of the talking, and frankly, doesn't have much of interest to say.

And we got a lot of pretty useless handouts, but not enough to justify the $20 she collected from us at the beginning of the semester.

Workload:

For the most part, a joke. Who assigned 3 credits to this class? But there is one oral presentation on a topic of your choice. For the final, you just have to talk to her for 3 minutes about anything you want to.

November 18, 2002

Jouanneau-Fertig, Isabelle Silver_nugget
Intermediate Oral French

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Madame Jouanneau-Fertig is genuinely sweet - possibly the nicest teacher I've had here. She organized class trips to Barge Music (where you eat cheese, drink wine, and listen to a small orchestra play on a pier in Brooklyn). She organized the curriculum around our interests. She was really just trying to help us all become more comfortable speaking french, and she succeeded. While our grammar didn't necessarily improve, the class (all 8 of us) was more prepared to jump into conversation in french and better able to communicate in the language.

Workload:

There were a few vocab quizzes that were no big deal. One big project on a topic of your choice that you present orally to the class, and the teacher is extremely helpful in gathering materials and information.

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